Google explores Bitcoin payment potential

Summary:The tech giant has let slip plans to potentially integrate Bitcoin with Google's pay services.



Bitcoin is either going to take the world by storm or crash as a novelty, but evidence has surfaced that Google is considering taking the virtual currency seriously.

In a series of emails sent between a marketing manager named Jarar Malik from Pakistan, Google+ leader Vic Gundotra and Sridhar Ramaswamy, the tech giant's senior VP of advertising and commerce said:

"We are working in the payments team to figure out how to incorporate Bitcoin into our plans."

The emails were posted on Reddit, where examination seems to show that Google is looking at ways to incorporate the virtual currency in to Google Wallet and potentially other payment services. However, speaking to Forbes, a Google spokesman downplayed the emails, saying "we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin."

Considering Google Ventures has invested in Bitcoin-based startup OpenCoin and the popularity of the virtual currency, even consideration makes sense.

If Google does chose to accept Bitcoin, it will give the currency validation currently lacking in the business world -- despite making more than a few wallet holders millionaires in the Bitcoin boom -- and is likely to increase its value.


Via: Reddit

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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